1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

African Amber - Mac and Jack's Brewery

Not Rated.
African Amber
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

279 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 279
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mac and Jack's Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 110 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by grittybrews:
Photo of grittybrews


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Have ordered on-tap on a number of occasions. Pours a rich orange-amber with around a finger of head and just a bit of white lacing.

Not much aroma to speak of and not overly carbonated, but really fills the mouth with flavor nonetheless. Excellent taste and drinkability...sweeter than expected with a nice balance of citrus and hops. I keep coming back to this one!

05-08-2010 22:54:45 | More by grittybrews
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance – I had this at table seating at the Cheesecake Factory, so I didn’t see what kind of head that it produced. The color though was a very thick, dark orangish-brown.

Smell – An interesting mix of hop and malt aromas. The hops were more on the floral side.

Taste – The hop flavor dominates the malt, but both are there. The malt is sweet, like caramel, and very chewy. The hops are sharp with a hint of mint that brings up the rear.

Mouthfeel – Some carbonation that felt just right on the tongue.

Drinkability – The various flavors tend to collide, so this brew didn’t go down smooth. But, it is a very interesting mix and well worth a try.

08-31-2003 23:56:21 | More by RoyalT
Photo of hbensinger


3.79/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Coppery. Doesn't look like a red ale. Looks like a hazy IPA as it is unfiltered. Pours with a thick head and leaves heavy lacing.
S: Subtle aroma but is very nice. Has some citrus and spices in the nose.
T: much like the smell but the citrus and spice character shines through.
M: Nice rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

03-25-2014 07:12:44 | More by hbensinger
Photo of seanc49

New York

5/5  rDev +28.5%

06-16-2014 02:32:55 | More by seanc49
Photo of Lazaro


3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-30-2013 04:18:43 | More by Lazaro
Photo of drinkofczars


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Nice dark amber color. Unfiltered so the beer is very hazy when holding up to the light. Not much head when poured.

S- Hoppy and citrusy smell. Some dark roasted aromas coming from the beer as well.

T- Mostly a malty and hoppy flavor, with a slightly darker taste than Manny's (which is very similar). When first taking sips you detect citrus, but that sensation dissipates as you drink more

M- Very thick type feel in your mouth for an amber because of the unfilteredness. Not too carbonated so the subtle flavors are very detectable and stick in your mouth for a long time.

O- I normally don't like amber beers, but this one is something I used to drink a lot and enjoy very much. WARNING: if you drink too much of this beer you will get burnt out on it as I have. Very similar to the NW Manny's beer.

Tasty beer.

04-08-2011 03:52:06 | More by drinkofczars
Photo of shark262


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

One of my favorite beers and a great example of American Amber Ale. Distribution is limited to the Northwest, but definitely a brew worth seeking out.

Unfiltered orange/amber color with a nice long-lasting head.

Smell is very inviting, apricots with floral hops. There are also a couple citrus notes, but they don't overpower.

Taste is excellent - hints of caramel present. Cascade hops come through in the finish.

Medium body and low carbonation makes it even more easy-drinking.

07-15-2005 19:53:20 | More by shark262
Photo of erikjon


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Pretty sure this is the one I had last night... it was only referred to as "Mac and Jack's" on the menu, but the description seems to fit. An organish-red colored ale that was very cloudy and had a good head on it (not too big, not too small... just right). Tasted very smooth and had a good balance of bitterness and hopiness. Was very drinkable, and the three (or was it four?) I had went down very smoothly... and a little too fast. I would definitely recommend this one as a must-try if you're in the Seattle area.

02-02-2007 21:15:15 | More by erikjon
Photo of chadjulius


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

I heard a lot of good things about this beer before trying it. I wish I hadn't. I was expecting something I could almost make love to. But I barely got to 1st base with it. Yep, a let down. Yet, it was still a pretty good beer. Definitely not going to be my go to beer though. But I will definitely try it again.

It's fairly dark, with an amber tint (go figure). The taste is a cross of hoppy citrus and what is apparently caramel.

09-07-2010 22:22:11 | More by chadjulius
Photo of Cynic-ale


3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-05-2013 12:54:37 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of Dello


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-09-2014 15:28:47 | More by Dello
Photo of HoppySeb


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-28-2014 19:45:16 | More by HoppySeb
Photo of chrisms86


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a thick frothy head that sticks to the side of your mug until you're finished. Not much of an aroma and the taste comes up just as mellow, with light hoppy notes that finish just mildly bitter. A delicious brew but not one that dominates your tastebuds. Because of this it is an easy drinker, with a fantastic thick mouthfeel that is usually found in more filling beers. A great session brew that tastes great

The taste of this one is really hard to describe and I feel as thought my review is lacking, but the best way I can explain it is very toned down. The taste, when you search for it, is delicious but it isn't very intense. Highly recommended for parties or any other situation where you might have more than one.

02-11-2007 06:53:50 | More by chrisms86
Photo of jpbebeau


4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 19:00:09 | More by jpbebeau
Photo of WaydeRafnel


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-03-2012 23:58:14 | More by WaydeRafnel
Photo of Fuzzycuffs


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-12-2013 23:54:26 | More by Fuzzycuffs
Photo of nhirsch04


4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-31-2014 04:44:08 | More by nhirsch04
Photo of appenzeller


3.93/5  rDev +1%

Poured this from a growler I picked up at the brewery today next to Marymoor Park.

Pours an amber/red with a thin white head. Minimal carbonation, head left minimal lacing.

Smell is subdued, caramel notes, grain, and apple.

Taste is full of malts, bready, some sweetness like caramel/honey with a solid backbone of hops. Finishes fairly crisp for such a malty brew. Mouthfeel is good, this goes down silky smooth (wow this stuff is fresh!) and has a lightness despite its heavy appearance.

As the other comments indicate, this is kind of a Pacific Northwest classic. It's a nice brew, no doubt, not my favorite style but I'll often order it on tap around town. A good cold weather brew.

06-06-2010 07:26:25 | More by appenzeller
Photo of Dave128


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

*Reviewed from notes*
Enjoyed on tap at Sazerac restaurant in Seattle.

A - Brought to me topped off with no head room so I can't really judge the head. What is there is retaining pretty well. Cloudy red-amber in color. Lacing is moderate.

S - Dark malt apparent on the nose. Has a smoky smell up front. There is another light grain smell and light hops to complement it.

T - Like the nose, it is interestingly smoky. The smoky flavors lead into a light malt sweetness with a moderately bitter finish. Sweet wine like esters are noted from time to time.

M - Medium bodied and a little overcarbonated.

O - A decent amber ale, but I believe some of the flavors aren't very well done. There is that wine like flavor, which from home brewing experiences leads me to think this beer is not fully matured with residual sugars remaining.

04-12-2012 22:55:12 | More by Dave128
Photo of zaphodchak


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

On draft at Bete Lukas.

A finger of white head, amber body, hazy. Tons of sticky lace.

Nose is faintly lagery, but not much else.

Tangy, spicy-corn body. Big hop finish, well balanced and nutty.

Slightly coarse, but well textured.

Nice, full-bodied nutty amber.

12-31-2011 18:59:39 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of CWVegas


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-25-2013 21:01:23 | More by CWVegas
Photo of dirtylou


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

16oz draft, on tap at Anthony's on Pier 66 in Seattle (great seafood by the way)

appearance: came to be in an awkward glass that I was unfamiliar with....bright amber with a light beige-tan head, retention is rather low

smell: aromas are rather light, bready, caramel malt, certainly well spiced

taste: very nice tasting beer...my initial reaction was that the taste resembled a big graham cookie flavour, quite toasty and bready, good nuttiness factor, light citrus hop profile. enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium, average carbonation

drinkability: high

07-08-2006 18:30:44 | More by dirtylou
Photo of RobbyG


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2013 00:37:00 | More by RobbyG
Photo of Fatehunter


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours one finger of head on a hazy copper colored body.
The aroma is burnt fruit (apricot, plum and banana). Unique but good.
The taste is malty with mild lemon bitter, fruity but not that sweet.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A great beer that remains unique among a growing category.

12-27-2013 00:25:19 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of barongearmu


4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-02-2012 02:35:48 | More by barongearmu
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
African Amber from Mac and Jack's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.